Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (6) Sheep or Goat - 羊

The Shell Bone script of character Sheep or Goat is


like a sheep especially the horns on the top.

Chinese distinguish the sheep from goat by adding a adjective character to form a two character word: 

Sheep is Cotton Sheep, Goat is Mountain Sheep.


Its Bronze script is


Its Big seal script is


All are like a sheep or goat.

Its Small seal script became to


which is like the Shell Bone script, but the horns are not very like sheep horns anymore.

The Clerical script is


in which the horns became two dots, short horns. 
The Pinyin for is "Yang2"


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